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Florida Gators Countdown to Kickoff: 10 predictions for No. 10

I’ve been doing predictions for a long, long time. It’s time to make the list shorter.

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Long-time readers will know that, for years, I’ve tried to make 25 predictions for each Florida Gators game each fall — often failing to follow through with either following-up on the predictions week-by-week or posting them as the seasons wore on.

I want to keep making those predictions, but I recognize that I need to be smarter about them. So, this year, I’m cutting things down dramatically to just 10 predictions per game — and 10 more, in this post, about the season.

Let’s get started:

  1. Florida will win nine or more regular season games.
  2. Emory Jones will account for more than 3,500 combined passing and rushing yards, and more than 30 touchdowns.
  3. Florida’s leading rusher by rushing yards will not lead the Gators in yards per attempt.
  4. Florida’s leading receiver will top 900 receiving yards.
  5. No Florida receiver will have more catches in 2021 than the 70 Kadarius Toney had in 2020.
  6. Florida’s defense will post at least one shutout this year.
  7. Zachary Carter, Gervon Dexter, and Brenton Cox, Jr. will combine for at least 12 sacks.
  8. Avery Helm will not make 12 starts in Florida’s secondary.
  9. A player on Florida’s defense who was not a Gator in 2020 will have at least seven combined sacks, tackles for loss, and interceptions.
  10. Florida will not make the SEC Championship Game.